I don't think I've ever created a topic before... in over 7 years being on the forum... This contains my interpretation of lyrics from one of the new songs, so spoiler alert for anyone who is planning on waiting.

 

I believe this song is worth the effort. I wasn't (and still am not) sure about Divebomber. But I listened to the webcast just today and there's a song that stood out right away from the get go. White Lies and Alibis. It made me feel the same way I felt when watching the webcast for Time on Earth and hearing Pour Le Monde for the first time. I've tried to nut out the words below. To me, the song is fairly obviously about a wrongly accused man on death row gaining some hope and love from a woman's voice (an angel or something else, I'm not sure). Somehow I thought of the poster from Shawshank Redemption on the wall giving him an escape (literally).

 

You can find the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6rgSfeqZG4 at 31:10. I love the change in key at the line "you do what you can to survive". And also the strings kicking in towards the end of the song when you think it's winding down. I hope I got the spacing and words right!!

 

White Lies & Alibis

 

this hell is not of my making

i'm one of the bearded angels

haven't seen the sky for ages

just another face in a very long line

 

there's a lock on every door

there's a darkness in every sense

the guilty man is home in bed

and it's me they want to put to death

she's the only hope i have left

in trouble

 

her voice aloud

the sweetest sound you ever heard

she can lift me up

bring some love into the world

 

up high the astronauts fly over ....

back down on solid ground

it's all the same to us

 

you do what you can to survive

you do what you can to survive

you do what you can to survive

 

crazy men in narrow cages

seeking wisdom and turning pages

holding on to nothing sacred

haven't seen the sun for a very long time

 

there's a lock on every door

there's a darkness in every sense

the guilty man is home in bed

and it's me they want to put to death

she's the only hope i have left

in trouble

 

her voice aloud

the sweetest sound you ever heard

she can lift me up

bring some love into the world

 

his smile could never hide

the coldness of this earth

white lies and alibis

it's all the same to us

 

you do what you can to survive

you do what you can to survive

 

white lies and alibis

white lies and alibis

- I will go anywhere you say if you take away all the cameras -

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I agree that this song is a standout so far, it's chord changes are gorgeous and Neil's delivery is so beautiful on the webcast.
I have a slightly different interpretation: I think that the "crazy  men in narrow cages" refer to monks, specifically, and to the Catholic church in general. And I think that the song comments on decisions that effect many of our lives (even those of us that are not religious) in the verses starting with "there's a lock on every door..."
Lot's left open for interpretation here, which is also part of what makes it a great song.
Thanks for posting this and the lyrics, FutureDave. Spencer's spot on with Shangri-La IMHO.
(ugh! This quote thing drives me bananas sometimes)

That's fair. I read back and I shouldn't have led with the definite assumption that this song is about what I said it was about. Of course it's open to interpretation and hearing the song again with the Shangri-La line (which I agree with and had to look up because I had no idea what it was) leaves multiple interpretations in mind...

 

That being said, I still think this song is a killer. I have not gotten as excited about a Finn song since Pour Le Monde and I believe this song has more depth. I haven't heard the 90 sec snippets so I don't have an opinion on them, but still, I cannot believe more people aren't as excited about this song as I seem to be... to me it's a breath of fresh air, something I've been hoping from Neil for a while... Maybe it's just me, but I'm writing this one down as a long time favourite.

 

edited to say: I became a Finn fan in 06 so the Pour Le Monde reference in anticipation weighs heavily for myself... I'm 26 now and this song resonates with me as much as any song released by Neil since I became a fan...

 

This song for me is worth the purchase of the new album... alone... You heard it here first, White Lies and Alibis, a fan favourite for all time...

 

this is what I've hoped for... this is what I've (unrightfully) expected...

I agree, it's a beautiful song. I haven't heard a song of this quality (IMHO) from Mr. Finn since at least 'Time On Earth'. In terms of his solo work, maybe 'Turn and Run' had a similar effect on me, but even that didn't have quite the same gorgeous arrangement that this song has.......

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